When one thinks of Rayong, what are the images that spring to mind? Is it a picture of Sunthorn Phu - the late renowned poet, the province's famous native _ or the outlandish image of petrochemical factories at Map Ta Phut belching fire and smoke?
For many, images of Rayong consist of the oil spill that turned the white sandy beaches of Koh Samet into an oil slick.
The province, located on the Eastern Seaboard, has sea, sand, seafood, fruits and industrial factories. Inland, it is a huge farm area where economic crops such as rubber, tapioca, pineapples, eucalyptus and rubber trees are grown. This combination has made Rayong the country's highest per capita income province. According to Rayong's Provincial Development Office, each person makes 1.2 million baht a year. Interestingly enough, the province does not have a university.
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